The Flying Circus

From: San Francisco, CA, USA

The Flying Circus were a short-lived band out of San Francisco, California, forming in the mid to late 1960s. The original lineup consisted of John Haapala (bass), Kevin “Kid” Haapala (guitar), Bill Berry (vocals), Jim Grandjean (guitar) and Don Perkins (drums). This line-up recorded two singles at San Francisco’s Golden State Studios in 1966/67: “I’m Going”/”Midnight Highway” and “Green Eyes Green World”/”Got To Learn To Love.” Both singles were produced by Hank Levine and Larry Goldberg.

Don Banducci was later brought in on drums, who was eventually replaced by Steve Bonuccelli, previously of The Outfit. In 1969, the entire band was turned upside down; every member, except John Haapala, quit the band. The new lineup consisted of Andre Pessis (vocals), John Haapala (bass), Steve Bonuccelli (drums), Bob McFee (guitar) and Bill Hybert (rhythm guitar). The Flying Circus (or more commonly known as Circus at this time) released a third single in 1970 – “Pony Rider”/”Betty June.” This would be the last single the band recorded.


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From the 1967 single MTA MTA 130

  • Green Eyes Green World